If you’re like me (and most other people), you’re fascinated by stories.
As a speaker, stories also help you to connect with, to deeply engage, and even to
transfix your audience.
But expert storyteller
Kindra Hall has a stern warning for you :
“There is one story you should never tell
– the story that makes you cry”
Kindra Hall, at
She goes on to say
“Crying in front of an audience
shows a lack of control and
is simply irresponsible
…You can tell I feel
strongly about that!”
Kindra Hall, at
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When you’re preparing a data-rich talk, where could you learn to get your message across better?
In my opinion, you couldn’t do much better than watching the
55-minute video below, by Isaac Reyes. (The first 45 minutes or so consist of Isaac’s talk, and the rest is him answering questions.)
Isaac’s a data scientist, and the video’s from
(Open Data Science Conference). ODSC Europe 2018
The talk describes
these 4 keys of data storytelling :
Need to present some data? About the best way you can do that is to use a data visualisation.
Most often, a dataviz is simply a chart. But you might choose to use something less mainstream, like a
of dataviz you choose, I suggest you use this 3‑step method for making your dataviz more effective :
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If you had to focus on just 4 things to make your next talk great, which would you pick?
That’s a tough call, because
Which is just so many factors go into a talk. one reason I was intrigued by the video below.
Another reason I was intrigued?
The video quotes 3 experts I’ve also quoted before:
7½-minute video , Thomas Frank (who has over 2 million YouTube subscribers) explains the 4 aspects of your talk that he recommends you focus on …
To save you time, this clip skips the first 60 seconds (and the last 90) of the original video (when he sets up his topic and promotes some courses).
If you like, you can on YouTube.
watch the full 10-minute version
Let’s look at each
of the 4 aspects Thomas believes can make your talk great. You can click any of these links to skip ahead – or, just scroll down …
Short of time?
Skip to the tips
When you present at work (or or other speaking event), do you aim to make people at a conference feel something specific?
If you do, you’ll have a
far higher chance of engaging people, and therefore of But if you don’t, your talk’s likely to be quickly forgotten – in less time than it took you to present! achieving your talk’s goal.
Not convinced? Well, many speaking professionals suggest using emotional elements. For instance, in his book
The Naked Presenter, Garr Reynolds writes:
“Content alone is never sufficient.
We need an emotional connection…”
And former president of the National Speakers’ Association,
Patricia Fripp says:
Sometimes, do you have trouble engaging people when you’re presenting?
Here’s a great way to fix that
Give your talk a strong structure.
If you use the structure shared in this post
You’ll engage people right from the start.
You’ll keep them hooked right to the end.
They’re more likely to think the content you’re presenting’s
just what they need.
Actually, you’ll find
2 things in this post that you can use to build a better talk :
strong for the content you present. structure A
4-step for writing your speeches (and e-books, newsletters, etc). method
Both are set out in the
15-minute video below, by speaker-coach Hugh Culver:
In a hurry?
You can (of 3½ minutes). skip the video’s intro
And if you , you can even watch on Vimeo .
speed up playback
I came across Hugh’s video a while ago, and was really impressed with how audience-focused the structure is that he presents. I also like that he uses just 4 steps to map out the writing process :
Being asked to give a workshop or presentation at a conference is a fantastic opportunity. What a great way to get you and your message more widely known in your industry!
So if you’re invited to speak at a conference, what
specific steps can you take to make the most of the event?
Well, to help you
nail your talk, try the 6 tips in this 2-minute video by Colin James:
tips are :
When you’re presenting, how do you keep your audience engaged? What do you do, exactly?
Here’s one of the
best ways to engage people – yet it’s one of the most human, too, so it’s among the simplest :
Make your talk conversational.
You might still wonder
how you should do that though.
So (as explained in more detail in that link), I like to split the process into
What is it about public speaking that you’d be most likely to search for on the internet? You might be surprised which of my posts gets the most search traffic …
The most popular post on this blog – by
far – is the one on And almost awesome opening lines. have commented on it, too. So it’s definitely a 60 people hot topic for public speakers.
But if you go
looking for an opening line for your talk, I think you’re taking the wrong approach.
Why do I say that? Well, the combination of your audience and
are your topic unique. So, if you search the internet for an opening line, you’re very unlikely to find a good fit for your specific talk.
What should you do, then? You’ll find one great answer in this
3-minute video by Kindra Hall.
If you’re invited to speak on a panel, you’ll want to make the most of your preparation (and your time on stage). So to help you prepare, and then take part effectively, here’s a handy
In it, you’ll find
3 tips from Ben Decker, CEO of Decker Communications. And below the video, you’ll find many ideas and links to expand on Ben’s tips :
Ben starts with a neat point about the
context of panel discussions :
“It can be such a great honour
to be invited to be a part of a panel.
People want to hear
– your opinions
So, especially if you’re nervous, keep in mind that people
value your insights.
Ben then shares his
action-based tips for speaking on a panel :